McLaren already testing next-generation F1 road car

October 19th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

With McLaren’s MP4-12C now on sale through the company’s growing global sales network its on to the next project for the brand. The next new car in development is the successor to the now legendary McLaren F1. If recent reports coming out of the UK prove true the first prototypes of this much anticipated machine are already being tested in various regions of Europe.

Nicknamed the Mega Mac, the new F1 is ambitiously being built to beat all other performance exotics that are available right now including the top dog Bugatti Veyron. Ferrari, Porche and Pagani aren’t running scared just yet but they are certainly on alert. To beat the pack McLaren is looking at a 5.0-litre V8 powertrain similar to the MP4-12C’s motor, it will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and produce a power output of around the 600kW mark.

With that sort of grunt expect the 0-100km/h sprint to be covered in around 2.9-seconds and a terrifying top speed. The Mega Mac chassis will be a carbon-fibre monocoque design with F1-style pushrod suspension and plenty of electronic aides to keep the beast on track. There will be a raft of high-tech equipment including a built-in video camera for recording high-speed shenanigans. Continue reading “McLaren already testing next-generation F1 road car” »

McLaren Automotive opens flagship showroom in London

June 21st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

McLaren Automotive is going global and today marks an important moment in the history of the carmaker as it opens the doors for the first time on its new flagship showroom in London.

The striking new sales space is located at One Hyde Park in the English capital and is the first of a world wide network of 35 dealerships planned in over 19 countries. The UK will host two other McLaren outlets in Birmingham and Manchester, other locations in Europe include Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Zurich and Monaco.

The McLaren network then stretches to North America with the USA receiving the most outlets of any one country these include Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Newport Beach, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Tampa, while in Canada, Toronto is the only spot.

With the McLaren dealerships appearing where the money is, the Middle East gets its share. Shops will open in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Qatar, Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Africa’s only dealership is in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Asia/Pacific region gets five stores, in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Osaka. Continue reading “McLaren Automotive opens flagship showroom in London” »

First details on McLaren’s “Mega Mac” F1 successor

May 17th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

There’s been rumours and speculation floating around about McLaren’s new top spec F1 successor since the release of its MP4-12C last year. Now, thanks to fresh reports, key details have been divulged and McLaren’s tasty new supercar dubbed the “Mega Mac” sounds like an absolute monster.

Aimed squarely at the world’s top supercars like the Bugatti Veyron and Pagani Huayra the Mega Mac plans to defeat them all and jump straight into number one spot. To achieve this it will use a 595kW (799 hp) 5.0-litre V8 motor which has been developed in collaboration with Ricardo. The huge amounts of power will be put to the ground through a Graziano seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Keeping light is vital and the car will feature a carbon fibre Monocell, similar to that seen on the MP4-12C. Interior appointments will also put function before luxury in pursuit of a low kerb weight.

With the emphasis on total power and light weight, performance will be nothing short of breathtaking. Early indications expect the coupe to match the Lamborghini Aventador in the 0-100kph sprint, hitting three figures in just 2.8 seconds. While that’s a few tenths slower than the Bugatti Veyron, the Mega Mac will generate more momentum as it goes reaching the 200 mph (321kph) mark in just 20 seconds flat, a full 2 seconds quicker than the Veyron. Continue reading “First details on McLaren’s “Mega Mac” F1 successor” »

McLaren MP4-12C officially begins production (+video)

February 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Following more than five years of development McLaren Automotive’s brand new MP4-12C has officially entered production at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, England.

McLaren has plans to build up to 1,000 examples of the MP4-12Cs this year. While chassis 01 is currently being built at the existing MTC facility, most of the cars will be manufactured in a new £40m McLaren Production Centre, which is due for completion in May on a site adjacent to the MTC facility.

The MP4-12C was initially shown to the public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England in July 2010. After that, it was given a North American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August of the same year.

The MP4-12C packs a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 engine with 447 kW and 599 Nm of torque. The powerhouse motor is mated to a seven-speed “Seamless Shift” double-clutch transmission. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is less than 3.8 seconds and top speed exceeds 300 km/h.

To mark the beginning of production McLaren has released a new short film called ‘Best of 2010’, which has appearances from F1 racing aces Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, as well as footage of the car winter testing at Dunsfold Aerodrome. Check it out below. Continue reading “McLaren MP4-12C officially begins production (+video)” »

McLaren prices MP4-12C supercar at $300k NZ

January 21st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

McLaren has just released pricing for the States on its first road car in nearly a decade. To get your own all-new, carbon-fibre tubbed MP4-12C you’ll need $229,000 USD ($301,500 NZ). That’s just for starters.

As many predicted, the 12C’s pricing is very similar to its primary competition from Ferrari with its 458 and Lamborghini with the latest Gallardo LP-570-4.

The base price for the MP4-12C doesn’t include any of the fancy extras. Apparently McLaren plans on offering a host of upgrades to the 12C, ranging from special lightweight alloys and bespoke paint to a clever three-camera interior recording system for track days. Ordering details should be released soon, but even if you have your 300k expect waits of up to two years before your brand new MP4-12C will be delivered. Continue reading “McLaren prices MP4-12C supercar at $300k NZ” »

McLaren to develop and campaign MP4-12C GT3 race cars

December 20th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It’s been twelve years since the last six F1 GTR “Longtails” hit the tarmac at Le Mans but McLaren is now busy developing its next racing machine. The British supercar maker has been working with the CRS Racing Team on an MP4-12C-based GT3 racecar. Details have just been revealed and the MP4-12C GT3 will be available in limited numbers starting from 2012.

The McLaren F1 GTR was a very successful racecar, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans on its debut, leaving big shoes to fill for the new car. But by using an advanced one-piece carbon fibre chassis and finely tuned aerodynamic body, the MP4-12C will provide a solid base for the development of the racing version.

“The 12C’s architecture and design was always aimed at high-performance and ease of maintenance – two key criteria for potential customers. Combine that with the vast amount of racing experience in our automotive team, and CRS Racing’s specialist development experience, and the 12C GT3 should be an exciting proposition for the top teams planning to race in GT3 from 2012”, said Martin Whitmarsh, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal.

To further the development process, McLaren and CRS Racing will enter 12C GT3 prototypes in select European GT races next year. Then a limited number of cars will be made available to privateer teams in the 2012 FIA GT3 Series before McLaren looks at taking on other championships.

MacLaren brings back the SLR for one final limited-edition

December 7th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It’s been over a year since the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was officially discontinued, but the hard hitting machine just won’t die and is back for one last fright. Around 2,000 examples of five different variants of the supercar were built over the course of five years of production. The SLR was the final love child of the Mercedes-Benz and McLaren partnership and since its farewell the companies have gone their separate ways, on the track and off. Since the seperation both parties have stayed busy but now it’s time for one final celebration of the SLR.

Apparently what you see in the image above was created by McLaren as an aftermarket kit for existing models and unveiled at the recent Essen Motor Show, this McLaren Edition SLR packs revised aerodyanamics, steering, suspension and interior tweaks. The result is an exclusive encore for the exotic beast with only 25 examples on offer.

McLaren commissions design study to pen SUV of the future

November 11th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Car design studies are generally pretty cool even if they almost never actually reach fruition. The latest carmaker to get some futuristic paper concepts going is kiwi-connected McLaren who has entered into a collaboration with the IED design institute in Turin, Italy. The objective is to create an SUV vehicle for 2020, called the 2020 McLaren SUV, it’s to represent the potential future of the British marque’s lineup. Each design was penned with the following requirements in mind: a hybrid, mid-engined four-wheel drive sport-utility riding on a McLaren chassis with space for two occupants.

After getting some one-on-one face time with McLaren top dogs at the Woking, UK facility, the IED students developed thirty-three concepts in total. After that, the number of proposals was whittled down to eleven cars deemed worthy of “further development”, whatever that really means. Ultimately three winning vehicles were approved for 1:4 scale model production these are called the HOLON, the TOROK, and the BIO RENOVATIO, and can be viewed below along with some of the other concepts in the gallery below. Check it out, there’s even a picture of a futuristic lady in a futuristic jumpsuit included. Continue reading “McLaren commissions design study to pen SUV of the future” »

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